ECURIE ECOSSE

Ecurie Ecosse (team Scotland) was started in 1951 as a partnership between racing driver David Murray and mechanic Wilkie Wilkinson who started racing a Cooper in Formula One and later moved on to racing sports cars. They were the pride of Scotland, especially with their crowning achievement of winning Le Mans for Jaguar in 1956 and 1957. They continued to race a variety of cars in ther traditional flag blue with a white nose stripe, but without the same success. Wilkinson eventually moved on to BRM and the original team stopped racing in 1962. In its first revival, Ecurie Ecosse team entered cars in Formula Two from 1969-1971 and in 1971 employed a new driver named Tom Walkinshaw. The team had little success. Scottish racing enthusiast Hugh McCaig revived the team qa second time in the 1980's, winning the World Sportscar Championship for Class C2 in 1986. The team partnered with Aston Martin in 1989 to again contest Le Mans, before moving on to the British Touring Car Championship. McCaig's team began racing again in 2011 with an Aston Martin DBR9S, 25-years after the World Sportscar Championship in 1986. In a departure from British cars, the team has been running a BMW in GT3 races in Europe and plans to contest that class at Le Mans in 2014.

1953 XK120-C (C-Type): Ecurie Ecosse purchased the Jaguar team cars from the 1953 season and raced them extensively in 1954. This car (XKC053) finished second at Le Mans in 1953. It was raced at the Spanish GP support race for sports cars and finished 3rd with Ninan Sanderson at the wheel.
Model by K&R REPLICAS/SMTS 1/43
1953 XK120-C (C-Type): This car (XKC052) was raced by Roy Salvadori at the Spanish GP race at Barcelona, narrowly being beaten by Ferrari. At Le Mans in 1953, this car finished 4th and had a long, successful race history.
Model by K&R REPLICAS/SMTS 1/43
1953 XK120-C (C-Type): James Scott Douglas was unable to start the Spanish GP race due to engine problems. Engine problems did not prevent XKC051 from winning Le Mans in 1953, its most glorious racing moment.
Model by K&R REPLICAS/SMTS 1/43

1953 XK120-C (C-Type): Roy Salvadori won at Goodwood in 1954 driving this Ecurie Ecosse C-Type. Salvadori was one of the great all-round drivers of his era. He competed in F1, co-drove the winning Aston at Le Mans in 1959 and had a successful career in saloon car racing.
Model by JAGUAR MODEL CLUB 1/43
1953 XK120-C (C-Type): This C-Type (XKC502) started life as a Jaguar team car at Le Mans in 1953, where it finished 4th in the hands of Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart. It was sold to Ecurie Ecosse for the 1954 season and was one the team C-Types driven throughout that 1954 season by the Scottish team. It was paired with team car of Roy Salvadori's for the Goodwood International in 1954, finishing 4th driven by Desmond Titterington. The car was sunsequently sold by Ecosse as they graduated to D-Types in 1955 to Peter Blond who raced it with success until the end of the 1956 season.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1955 D-Type (LE MANS WINNER): The Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse entered their car (XKD501) alongside the factory team entries at Le Mans in 1956. Attrition took the factory team out of the race, but the D-Type of Ron Flockhart and Ninan Sanderson prevailed to take first and a tremendous win for the Ecosse team.
Model by IXO 1/43
1956 D-Type (LE MANS WINNER): Using an ex-works D-type (XKD 606) prepared by Jaguar, Ecurie Ecosse once again finished first at Le Mans in 1957, with the team of Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb at the wheel. Jaguar had stopped its factory racing program, but was actively supplying cars and assistance to private teams. It was Jaguar's year, as six D-Types finished in the top seven places.
Model by IXO 1/43

1955 D-Type (LE MANS WINNER): The Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse entered their car (XKD501) alongside the factory team entries at Le Mans in 1956. Attrition took the factory team out of the race, but the D-Type of Ron Flockhart and Ninan Sanderson prevailed to take first and a tremendous win for the Ecosse team.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1956 D-Type (LE MANS WINNER): Using an ex-works fuel-injected D-type (XKD 606) prepared by Jaguar, Ecurie Ecosse once again finished first at Le Mans in 1957, with the team of Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb at the wheel. Jaguar had stopped its factory racing program, but was actively supplying cars and assistance to private teams. It was Jaguar's year, as six D-Types finished in the top seven places.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1956 D-Type: Ecurie Ecosse entered a second ex-works D-Type (XKD603) at Le Mans in 1957, with Ninian Sanderson and John 'Jock' Lawrence sharing the driving duties. They finished second to their sister car. This D-Type had the 3.4L DOHC six-cylinder as oppossed to the other team car which had the newer 3.8L engine.The Ecurrie Ecosse 1-2 sweep at Le Mans was Ecurie Ecosse's crowning glory.
Model by PROVENCE MOULAGE 1/43
1955 D-Type: Ecuire Ecosse entered the same D-Type (XKD 501) they used to win Le Mans in 1956, in the 1957 Mille Miglia driven solo by Ron Flockhart. Unlike at Le Mans, the car did not finish.
Model by CARRERA 1/32

1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar: John (Toj) Tojeiro was a brilliant engineer and racing car designer, whose innovations helped to revolutionize race car design. Toj built the first of four Tojeiro-Jaguar's in 1956 in collaberation with Ecurie Ecosse. This is the fourth car which was designed to compete at Le Mans in 1959 where it retired. In its second race at the Goodwood TT, it was driven by a young Jim Clark and was crashed by co-driver Masten Gregory. For the TT, the car here was powered by a 3.8L Jaguar six-cylinder with fuel injection.
Model by PINKO 1/43

1961 Cooper T57 Monaco MkII: Tom Dickson and Bruce Halford drove this Ecurie Ecosse entry at Le Mans in 1961. Halford lost control and crashed in the rain under the Dunlop Bridge on the 32nd lap. They were in 7th place at the time and moving up the grid. With a 2.5L , four cylinder engine producing 260bhp, the Cooper was a successful part of the Ecosse stable of cars. Jackie Stewart raced the car in 1963 and scored eight consecutive wins, which ultimately earned him a F3 ride with Ken Tyrrell. The rest as they say, is history.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1961 Sebring Sprite: The Le Mans winning Ecurie Ecosse team was nearing the end of its run when David Murray talked Donald Healey into letting him "borrow"one of their works Sprites at Le Mans in 1961. Why they chose a Sprite to run alongside their Cooper Monaco is a subject left for speculation. The Sprite was one of the works cars that has run at the Sebring 4-hour race that year, finishing 3rd with Walt Hansgen at the wheel. According to Geoff Healey, the 948 cc engined Sprite had a longer fiberglass nose fit for Le Mans, but otherwise other than being pained in Ecosse blue, remained as run at Sebring. Le Mans winner Ninian Sanderson was joined by William MacKay to pilot the Healey. In heavey rain, MacKay crashed at White House on the 40th lap of the race, taking the Healey out early in the race.
Model by SPARK 1/43

The New Ecurie Ecosse
1984 Ecosse C284: Hugh McCaig resurected Ecurie Ecosse in 1983, when he bought a de Cadenet Lola. Ray Mallock extensively modified the chassis and fit new bodywork to the car, making it the Ecosse C284, powered by a 3.0L Cosworth DFV V8 engine for Group C2 racing. At Le Mans in 1984, Mike Wilds was teamed with David Leslie and David Duffield and the Ecosse proved to be the fastest C2 in practice with a speed over 200 mph. The team suffered fuel pump failure in the 7th hour and did not finish. Three weeks later, the car was written off in an accident at Brands Hatch.
Model by AUTOMANY 1/43
1989 Aston Martin AMR1: Aston Martin and Ecurie Ecosse partnered together under the name Protech to campaign in Group 6 prototype racing, build 5 chassis powered by 5.3L AM V8 engines which were subsequently enlarged to 6.0L and produced 600 hp. Brian Redman, Michael Roe and Costas Los drove Chassis#AMR1 02 to 11th place at Le Mans in 1989. The car was uncompetitive and by the end of the season, Protech was gone.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2011 Aston Martin DBR9S: The 24 Hours of Spa was part of the Blancpain Endurance Race series in 2011. It was the 67th runniung of this great event. Ecurie Ecosse entered this Aston in the team's return to racing after 25 years. Alasdair McCaig, Andrew Smith, Joe Twyman and Oliver Bryant drove the 6.0L V12 GT-3 Pro-Am class entry to 20th overall position, 9th in class. The evergreen DBR9S continues to be the only Aston Martin racing cars competing in international motorsports as of 2012, AMR having dropped their LMP1 racing projects.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2014 BMW Z4 E89 GT3: Entered at Spa for the 24 hours in 2014, by Hugh McCaig's Ecurie Ecosse team, the entry driven by Andrew Smith, Alasdair McCaig, Oliver Bryantand Alexander Sims finished 7th. The Scotish team began racing the 4.4L V8 powered (515 bhp) Z4 in 2011 after running Aston Martins since the famed team's revival in 2008. The team has faired very well in European GT3 races on the Blancpain Endurance Series and has continued that success into the 2015 season. #278 of 300 models made.
Model by SPARK 1/43


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